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Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 "Organ"; Introduction and Rondo capriccioso; La muse et le poète / Noah Geller, violin; Mark Gibbs, cello; Jan Kraybill, organ

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2015-06-09

Works: Camille Saint-Saëns: Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83; La muse et le poète, for violin, cello & piano (or orchestra), Op. 132; Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 78 "Organ"
Performers: Geller, Noah [Violin]; Kraybill, Jan; Mark Gibbs
Conductors: Stern, Michael
Ensemble: Kansas City Symphony

Charles Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was "a man of many parts". He wrote and published poetry and at least one staged drama; he knew Berlioz, lived...continue...
Recording information: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (06/20/2013-06/21/2013)....continue...
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Tempo do Brasil: Modern solo & chamber works / Marc Regnier, guitar; Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano; Natalia Khoma, cello; Tacy Edwards, flute
Tempo do Brasil: Modern solo & chamber works / Marc Regnier, guitar; Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano; Natalia Khoma, cello; Tacy Edwards, flute

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2015-06-09


Grammy® nominated classical guitarist, performer and educator Marc Regnier has won the attention and respect of musicians, producers and critics for over three decades, having...continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 / Pittsburgh SO, Honeck
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 / Pittsburgh SO, Honeck

1 Super Audio CD / Reference Recordings / 2015-02-10

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
Conductors: Honeck, Manfred
Ensemble: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E flat major ("Romantic") is one of...continue...
Recording information: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (12/06/2013-12/08/2013)....continue...

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Joel Fan (b.1969): Dances for Piano & Orchestra - works of Pierné, Castro, Chopin et al. / Joel Fan, piano; Northwest Sinfonietta; Chagnard
Joel Fan (b.1969): Dances for Piano & Orchestra - works of Pierné, Castro, Chopin et al. / Joel Fan, piano; Northwest Sinfonietta; Chagnard

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-11-11

Works: Gabriel Pierné: Fantaisie-Ballet, for piano & orchestra in B flat major, Op. 6; Ricardo Castro: Vals Capricho, for piano (or piano & orchestra), Op. 1; Frédéric Chopin: Rondo for Piano...
Performers: Fan, Joel [Piano]
Conductors: Chagnard, Christophe
Ensemble: ; Northwest Sinfonietta

Joel Fan's third release for Reference Recordings, this time with orchestra! Mr. Fan scored two consecutive Billboard Top 10s with his solo CDs, World Keys...continue...
Recording information: Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, T (08/20/2013-08/23/2013)....continue...
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Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013' - Flaherty: Airdancing; Part Suite-a for solo piano; A. Schoenberg: Picture Etudes; Bounce for two pianos; Matheson: Cretic Variations / Nadia Shpachenko, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, pianos
Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013' - Flaherty: Airdancing; Part Suite-a for solo piano; A. Schoenberg: Picture Etudes; Bounce for two pianos; Matheson: Cretic Variations / Nadia Shpachenko, Genevieve Feiwen Lee, pianos

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-11-11

Works: Tom Flaherty: Airdancing, for toy piano, piano & electronics; Part Suite-a, for piano; Peter Yates: Finger Songs, for piano; Adam Schoenberg: Picture Etudes, for piano; Bounce, for 2 pianos; James Ma...
Performers: Lee, Genevieve; Shpachenko, Nadia

This innovative project of 2013 compositions, all world premieres, brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today's American classical music. The new works were...continue...
Recording information: Bridges Hall Of Music, Pomona College, Claremont, CA (07/11/2013-07/14/2013)....continue...

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Miraculous Metamorphoses' - Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin suite / Kansas City Symphony, Stern
Miraculous Metamorphoses' - Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin suite / Kansas City Symphony, Stern

1 Super Audio CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-10-14

Works: Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Sergey Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges; Béla Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73
Conductors: Stern, Michael
Ensemble: ; Kansas City Symphony

After its CD release in March 2014, this magnificent new symphonic recording with the Kansas City Symphony is now available as a multi-channel hybrid SACD!...continue...
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Organ Polychrome: The French School' - Works by Widor; Schmitt; Alain; Bonnet; Durufle; Dupre; Frank; Guilmant; Vierne; Gigout / Jan Kraybill, Kauffman Casavant Organs
Organ Polychrome: The French School' - Works by Widor; Schmitt; Alain; Bonnet; Durufle; Dupre; Frank; Guilmant; Vierne; Gigout / Jan Kraybill, Kauffman Casavant Organs

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-09-09

Works: Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony no 6 in G minor; Florent Schmitt: Prélude in G minor, Op. 11; Jehan Alain: Deux Danses à Agni Yavishta, for organ, JA 77-78 (AWV 61); Joseph Bonnet: Variat...
Performers: Kraybill, Jan

This premiere solo recording of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, was designed to showcase...continue...
Recording information: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, (06/20/2013-06/21/2013)....continue...
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 8; Janácek: Symphonic Suite from Jenufa / Pittsburgh SO, Manfred Honeck
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8; Janácek: Symphonic Suite from Jenufa / Pittsburgh SO, Manfred Honeck

1 Super Audio CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-07-08

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163; Leos Janácek: Jenufa
Conductors: Honeck, Manfred
Ensemble: ; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! This release is the second in the "Pittsburgh Live!" series of multi-channel hybrid...continue...
Recording information: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (10/11/2013-10/13/2013)....continue...

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Andrés Segovia Archive: French Composers - works by Petit; Martelli, Collet, Moulaert, Laparra, Ferroud / Roberto Moronn Pérez, guitar
Andrés Segovia Archive: French Composers - works by Petit; Martelli, Collet, Moulaert, Laparra, Ferroud / Roberto Moronn Pérez, guitar

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-06-10

Works: Raymond Petit: Andantino for guitar in E minor ("Sicilienne"); Henri Martelli: Pieces (4) for guitar, Op. 32; Pierre de Breville: Fantaisie for guitar; Henri Collet: Briviesca, for piano (or guitar);...
Performers: Perez, Roberto Moronn [Guitar]

The second album in this important and unique series, this time showcasing the French composers! The Archive consists of pieces dedicated to Segovia or commissioned...continue...
Recording information: Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire, UK (03/03/2013-03/05/2013)....continue...
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Austin Wintory: The Banner Saga / Taylor Davis, violin; Peter Hollens, voice; Mike Niemietz, guitar. Dallas Winds
Austin Wintory: The Banner Saga / Taylor Davis, violin; Peter Hollens, voice; Mike Niemietz, guitar. Dallas Winds

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-05-27

Conductors: Junkin, Jerry
Ensemble: Dallas Winds Concert Band

Personnel: Austin Wintory (accordion); Peter Hollens, Malukah, Johann Sigurdarson (vocals); Mike Niemietz (electric guitar); Taylor Davis (violin); Jennifer McElroy, Sonia Candeleria, Sarah Tran, Sar...continue...
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'Miraculous Metamorphoses' - Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin suite
'Miraculous Metamorphoses' - Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin suite

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2014-03-25

Works: Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Sergey Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges; Béla Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19/Sz 73
Conductors: Stern, Michael
Ensemble: ; Kansas City Symphony

This magnificent new symphonic recording with the Kansas City Symphony contains classic modern masterpieces by Hindemith, Prokofiev, and Bartok. It is also the premiere recording...continue...
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Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Till Eulenspiegel / Pittsburgh SO, Honeck
Richard Strauss: Don Juan; Death and Transfiguration; Till Eulenspiegel / Pittsburgh SO, Honeck

1 Super Audio CD / Reference Recordings / 2013-11-19

Works: Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20; Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24; Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
Conductors: Honeck, Manfred
Ensemble: ; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Thrilling live performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, in brilliant audiophile sound! This release is planned as the first in a series of multi-channel hybrid...continue...
Recording information: Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (06/08/2012-06/10/2012)....continue...
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Elgar: Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams: The Wasps; Greensleeves / Kansas City SO
Elgar: Enigma Variations; Vaughan Williams: The Wasps; Greensleeves / Kansas City SO

1 Super Audio CD / Reference Recordings / 2013-10-29

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: The wasps; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Conductors: Stern, Michael
Ensemble: ; Kansas City Symphony

A new multi-channel SACD hybrid version of this magnificent symphonic recording featuring the Kansas City Symphony conducted by Michael Stern! The disc contains both 5.1...continue...
Recording information: Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri (05/04/2011-05/06/2011)....continue...
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Elgar: Enigma Variations; The Wasps; Vaughan Williams: Greensleeves / Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony
Elgar: Enigma Variations; The Wasps; Vaughan Williams: Greensleeves / Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2013-10-29

Works: Ralph Vaughan Williams: The wasps; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Conductors: Stern, Michael
Ensemble: ; Kansas City Symphony

This magnificent new symphonic recording with the Kansas City Symphony is also the premiere recording made in Helzberg Hall, in the Kauffman Center for the...continue...
Recording information: Community of Christ Auditorium, Independence, Missouri (05/04/2011-05/06/2011)....continue...
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Andres Segovia Archive: Spanish Composers / Roberto Moronn Pérez: guitar
Andres Segovia Archive: Spanish Composers / Roberto Moronn Pérez: guitar

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2013-06-25

Works: Vincente Arregui: Piezas líricas; Pedro Sanjuán: Una Leyenda, for guitar; Gaspar Cassadó: Catalanesca, for guitar; Canción de Leonardo, for guitar; Sardana chigiana; Pr&ea...
Performers: Perez, Roberto Moronn [Guitar]

With the phrase "Andrés Segovia Archive," this album refers specifically to the collection of some three or four-dozen pieces recovered by Angelo Gilardino on May...continue...
Recording information: Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire, UK (11/28/2010-11/30/2010)....continue...
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Music for winds by Frank Ticheli: Playing With Fire / Dallas Wind Symphony with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band
Music for winds by Frank Ticheli: Playing With Fire / Dallas Wind Symphony with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2012-10-09

Works: Frank Ticheli: Postcard, for concert band or orchestra; San Antonio Dances, for orchestra; Symphony no 2; Rest, for orchestra; Playing with Fire, for jazz band & orchestra
Conductors: Junkin, Jerry
Ensemble: Dallas Wind Symphony

The Dallas Wind Symphony and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band team up on a new world premiere sonic spectacular! Composer Frank Ticheli's works have become...continue...
Recording information: Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas (08/13/2011-08/14/2011)....continue...
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Horns for the Holidays / Dallas Wind Symphony
Horns for the Holidays / Dallas Wind Symphony

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2012-09-11

Conductors: Junkin, Jerry
Ensemble: Dallas Wind Symphony

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Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia / Martin West - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia / Martin West - San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2012-03-13

Works: Léo Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia
Conductors: West, Martin
Ensemble: San Francisco Ballet Orchestra

Léo Delibes' Coppélia is a pure delight, a feast of musicality and humor for all ages, and probably the greatest ballet comedy ever written! This...continue...
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The Medinah Sessions / Chicago Pro Musica
The Medinah Sessions / Chicago Pro Musica

2 CD / Reference Recordings / 2012-01-01

Works: William Walton: Work(s); Franz Hasenohrl: Till Eulenspiegel Einmal Anders!, for horn, violin, clarinet, cello & double bass (after Richard Str; Alexander Scriabin: Waltz for piano in A flat major, Op...
Performers: Musica, Chicago Pro
Conductors:
Ensemble: Chicago Pro Musica

This selection is a High Definition Compatible Digital (HCDC) recording.

Personnel: Pat Ferreri (guitar, banjo); Jonathan Pegis (cello); Richard Graef (flute, piccolo); John Bruce Yeh (clarine...continue...
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Baroque Favorites / Tafelmusic, Helicon Ensemble
Baroque Favorites / Tafelmusic, Helicon Ensemble

2 CD / Reference Recordings / 2012-01-01

Works: George Frederick Handel: Solomon; The Water Music; Johann Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major; Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068; Pr...
Performers: Fuller, Albert; Solway, Kenneth
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Ensemble: Helicon Ensemble; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
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Traveling Sonata: European Music for Flute & Guitar by Fauré, Ravel, Bizet, Satie, Duplessy et al. / Viviana Guzman: flute; Jeremy Jouve: guitar
Traveling Sonata: European Music for Flute & Guitar by Fauré, Ravel, Bizet, Satie, Duplessy et al. / Viviana Guzman: flute; Jeremy Jouve: guitar

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2012-01-01


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The two most interesting works here are the sonatas by Ourkouzounov and Dyens - and they get the most...continue...
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Reference Classics - First Sampling
Reference Classics - First Sampling

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2011-11-11

Works: Aaron Copland: An Outdoor Overture, for orchestra or band; Johann Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue for 3 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major; William Walton: Façade, for reciter & ensemble; Franz Li...
Performers: DeCray, Marcella; Fuller, Albert; Nojima, Minoru; Quan, Linda; Ritchie, Stanley [Violin]; Walsh, Matthew
Conductors: Clark, Keith; Hooper, Ralph; Le Roux, Jean-Louis; ; Kojian, Varujan
Ensemble: ; Chicago Pro Musica; Helicon Ensemble; San Francisco Choral Artists; The Performing Arts Orchestra; Utah Symphony Orchestra
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The Bowie Variations , Mike Garson, piano
The Bowie Variations , Mike Garson, piano

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2011-07-12

Works: Mike Garson: The Bowie Variations, for piano
Performers: Garson, Mike

Personnel: Mike Garson (piano).

Recording information: Performing Arts Center, Oxnard CA (11/23/2010); Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, CA (11/23/2010).

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Chris Brubeck: Danza del Soul; Michael Gandolfi: Line Drawings; Lukas Foss: Central Park Reel
Chris Brubeck: Danza del Soul; Michael Gandolfi: Line Drawings; Lukas Foss: Central Park Reel

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2011-06-14

Works: Chris Brubeck: Danza del Soul, for clarinet, violin, cello, bass, piano & percussion; Michael Gandolfi: Line Drawings, for clarinet, violin & piano; Lukas Foss: Central Park Reel, for violin & piano
Performers: Baksys, Vytas; Bauch, Daniel; Martin, Thomas [Clarinet]; Putnam, Wendy; Young, Owen

This debut album contains two world premiere recordings. The first, "Danza del Soul" for mixed sextet, is by Chris Brubeck. Chris bears one of the...continue...
Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A (09/03/2010-09/05/2010)....continue...
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Britten's Orchestra / Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Britten's Orchestra / Michael Stern, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2009-11-10

Works: Benjamin Britten: The Young person's guide to the orchestra; Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20; Peter Grimes; Passacaglia, for orchestra, Op. 33b (from "Peter Grimes")
Conductors: Stern, Michael

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is a virtuoso orchestral spectacular that RR has wanted to record for many years. Sinfonia da Requiem is...continue...
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Exotic Dances From The Opera / Eiji Oué, Minnesota Orchestra
Exotic Dances From The Opera / Eiji Oué, Minnesota Orchestra

1 Super Audio CD / Reference Recordings / 2009-11-10

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden; Richard Strauss: Salome, Op. 54; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa; Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanschina; Henri Rabaud: Marouf, Cobbler of Cairo; Anton Rubinstei...
Conductors: Oue, Eiji

"A sonic spectacular. The orchestra sounds full, natural, warm, and nicely spread out over the soundstage. There is none of the glare that still seems...continue...

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West of the Sun - Music of the Americas / Joel Fan
West of the Sun - Music of the Americas / Joel Fan

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2009-04-14

Works: Ernesto Nazareth: Vem cá, branquinha, tango for piano; Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Suis-Moi!, contradanza for piano, Op. 45, D. 157 (RO 253); Astor Piazzolla: Preludes (3) for piano; Alberto Ginast...
Performers: Fan, Joel [Piano]

Fan's last album, 'World Keys', debuted at #3 on the Billboard Classical chart! Joel Fan's second recital for RR further solidifies his reputation for innovative...continue...
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Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts / Ensemble Baroque Nouveau
Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts / Ensemble Baroque Nouveau

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2009-02-10

Works: Jean-Philippe Rameau: Quatrième concert, for harpsichord, violin (or flute) & viola da gamba (or second violin) (Pièces de; Cinquième concert, for harpsichord, violin (or flute) & viol...
Performers: Martin, Anthony
Conductors:
Ensemble: Baroque Nouveau

These superb performances by soloists from the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra feature infectious, melodic music by a giant of the French Baroque in vital, authentic performances...continue...
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Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, etc / Junkin, Dallas Wind Symphony
Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, etc / Junkin, Dallas Wind Symphony

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2009-01-13

Works: Percy Grainger: The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare, for brass band (BFMS 36); Lincolnshire Posy; The Merry King, folk song for 10 or more strings or winds or both & piano with organ ad lib. (BFMS 3; Chi...
Conductors: Junkin, Jerry
Ensemble: Dallas Wind Symphony

"If one is looking for a single disc of Percy Grainger's wind band music that contains a good amount of his "hits" in addition to...continue...
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Tutti! - Orchestral Sampler
Tutti! - Orchestral Sampler

1 Super Audio CD / Reference Recordings / 2008-10-14

Works: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) (i), opera ("springtime tale") in 4 acts with a prologue; George Whitefield Chadwick: Suite Symphonique, for orchestra, L. 2/20; Ron Nelson: Roc...
Performers: Blumenstock, Elizabeth; Istomin, Eugene [Piano]
Conductors: Oue, Eiji; Serebrier, José; Junkin, Jerry; Schwarz, Gerard; Paul, James; Skrowaczewski, Stanislaw; McGegan, Nicholas; Seelig, Timothy
Ensemble: ; Minnesota Orchestra; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Turtle Creek Chorale

This is the first SACD from Reference Recordings! It contains the world premiere recording of Eiji Oue conducting the Minnesota Orchestra in his own composition,...continue...
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Shaekespeare's Tempest: Sibelius, Sullivan / Stern, et al
Shaekespeare's Tempest: Sibelius, Sullivan / Stern, et al

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2008-07-07

Works: Arthur Sullivan: The Tempest, incidental music, Op. 1; Jean Sibelius: The Tempest, prelude for orchestra (from the incidental music, Op. 109); The Tempest
Conductors: Stern, Michael
Ensemble: Kansas City Symphony Orchestra

A brilliant first collaboration between Reference Recordings and the Kansas City Symphony features the first modern recording of the suite by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and...continue...
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Organ Odyssey - Vierne, Messiaen, etc / Preston
Organ Odyssey - Vierne, Messiaen, etc / Preston

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2008-01-08

Works: Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Chorale Improvisations (66) for Organ, Op. 65; Louis Vierne: Pièces de fantaisie - Suite no 4, Op. 55; Felix Mendelssohn: Sonatas (6) for Organ, Op. 65; Charles-Marie Widor...
Performers: Preston, Mary

Anyone who loves organ music and great sound will be thrilled! One of America's grandest pipe organ installations, by C.B. Fisk. Preston is the Resident...continue...
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Crown Imperial - Walton, Gabrieli, etc
Crown Imperial - Walton, Gabrieli, etc

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2007-11-13

Works: Richard Strauss: Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniter-Ordens, AV 103; Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1; William Walton: Coronation March "Crown Imperial"; Henri Tomasi: Fanfares L...
Performers: Preston, Mary
Conductors: Junkin, Jerry

Seldom heard, powerful works for organ, winds, brass, and percussion—from classics to an over-the-top piece by hot American composer Michael Daugherty! A follow-up to one...continue...
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Serenade / Timothy Seelig, Turtle Creek Chorale
Serenade / Timothy Seelig, Turtle Creek Chorale

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2007-05-08

Works: Eric Helmuth: Everyone Sang, for choir; How sweet the moonlight, for choir; Karl Jenkins: Adiemus, for female voices & orchestra; Stephen Paulus: Loving Kindness, for chorus; Morten Lauridsen: Les ch...
Performers: Demer, Thomas; Fratena, Roger; Hannigan, Erin; Nostbakken, Kari; Pettys, Delmar; Spencer, Antoine; Stahler, Dawn; Steffens, Peter; Swanson, Kristen
Conductors: Seelig, Timothy

This word brings to mind the image of a young swain, standing at nighttime below his true love's window passionately wooing his beloved with romantic...continue...
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Maslanka: Garden of Dreams / Junkin, Dallas Wind Symphony
Maslanka: Garden of Dreams / Junkin, Dallas Wind Symphony

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2006-11-14

Works: David Maslanka: A Child's Garden of Dreams, for wind orchestra; In Memoriam; Symphony no 4
Conductors: Junkin, Jerry
Ensemble: Dallas Wind Symphony

David Maslanka is the most important living composer for wind band. 'A child's Garden of Dreams' is his most popular work, and 'In Memoriam' is...continue...
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30th Anniversary Sampler - Enescu: Rumanian Rhapsody, etc
30th Anniversary Sampler - Enescu: Rumanian Rhapsody, etc

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2006-10-10

Works: Tylman Susato: Het derde musyck boexken...alderhande danserye; George Enescu: Roumanian Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra in A major, Op. 11/1; Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin American Dances, for orches...
Performers: Blythe, Stephanie; Fan, Joel [Piano]; Fleezanis, Jorja; Fox, Virgil [Organ]; Graffman, Gary; Hell, Felix; Krol, Tim; Oswald, Mark; Rozario, Patricia [Soprano Vocal]; Smith, Hugh
Conductors: Junkin, Jerry; Oue, Eiji; Lockhart, Keith; St. Clair, Carl; Skrowaczewski, Stanislaw; Goodwin, Paul
Ensemble: ; The University of Texas Wind Ensemble

A collection of highlights from critically acclaimed Reference Recordings releases, celebrating this esteemed independent label's 30th anniversary. "Brilliant performances, dazzling sound." -Washingto...continue...
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Dallas Wind Symphony Sampler
Dallas Wind Symphony Sampler

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2006-06-14

Works: Herbert Owen Reed: La Fiesta Mexicana; Gustav Holst: Suite no 2 in F; Rubin Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony, for wind ensemble; Isaac Albéniz: Iberia Suite, for orchestra (orchestrated by Arbo...
Conductors: Dunn, Howard; Fennell, Frederick; Junkin, Jerry
Ensemble: Dallas Wind Symphony

A collection of the very best tracks from all Reference Recordings' releases with the Dallas Wind Symphony, recorded in the acclaimed acoustics of Meyerson Symphony...continue...
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REF 909
World Keys - Bolcom, Chen, Liszt, Prokofiev / Joel Fan
World Keys - Bolcom, Chen, Liszt, Prokofiev / Joel Fan

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2006-06-13

Works: Ahmet Adnan Saygun: Sketches (10) on Aksak Rhythm, Op. 58; Sergey Prokofiev: Sonata for Piano no 3 in A minor, Op. 28; Dia Succari: Lu Nuit du Destin ("The Night of Destiny"), for piano; Halim El-Dab...
Performers: Fan, Joel [Piano]

This is the debut album of outstanding young talent Joel Fan, known for his recordings and performances with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project....continue...
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REF 106
The Bach Gamut Vol 1 / Virgil Fox
The Bach Gamut Vol 1 / Virgil Fox

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2006-06-11

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"; Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208; Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C majo...
Performers: Fox, Virgil [Organ]

"The whole audiences sat silent and attentive, transfixed by Virgil's dynamic and musical approach to the transcendent counterpoint of Johann Sebastian Bach...these "Bach Gamut" concerts...continue...
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Symphonic Dances - Bernstein, Rachmaninoff, Frank / Lockhart
Symphonic Dances - Bernstein, Rachmaninoff, Frank / Lockhart

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2006-04-11

Works: Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Gabriela Lena Frank: Three Latin American Dances, for orchestra; Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductors: Lockhart, Keith

This new recording by the Utah Symphony Orchestra includes a world-premiere recording of a colorful, rhythmically catchy piece by composer Gabriella Lena Frank. Frank (b....continue...
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REF 105
Skrowaczewski: Concerto Nicolò / Skrowaczewski
Skrowaczewski: Concerto Nicolò / Skrowaczewski

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2004-03-02

Works: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski: Concerto Nicolò, for piano left hand & orchestra; Concerto for orchestra
Performers: Graffman, Gary
Conductors: Skrowaczewski, Stanislaw
Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra
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REF 103
Bells for Stokowski / Junkin, Univ. of Texas Wind Ensemble
Bells for Stokowski / Junkin, Univ. of Texas Wind Ensemble

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2004-01-27

Works: Tylman Susato: Het derde musyck boexken...alderhande danserye; Ralph Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite; David Del Tredici: In Wartime, for pand; Michael Daugherty: Bells for Stokowski
Conductors: Junkin, Jerry
Ensemble: The University of Texas Wind Ensemble

"The University of Texas Wind Ensemble contributes a sterling performance... Jerry Junkin's ensemble is remarkable in every section full of character, crisp in rhythmic response...continue...
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Organ Sensation / Felix Hell
Organ Sensation / Felix Hell

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2003-09-30

Works: Alexandre Guilmant: Sonata for Organ no 1 in D minor, Op. 42; Joseph Rheinberger: Character Pieces (12) for organ, Op. 156; Louis Vierne: Symphony for Organ no 1 in D minor, Op. 14; Franz Liszt: Pr&a...
Performers: Hell, Felix

Felix Hell, still in his teens, is the most talked-about artist in the organ world, and this is his first recording on an American label....continue...
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REF 101
Tavener: Ikon of Eros / Goodwin, Minnesota Orchestra
Tavener: Ikon of Eros / Goodwin, Minnesota Orchestra

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2003-09-30

Works: John Tavener: Ikon of Eros, for soprano, baritone, violin, chorus & orchestra; Spoken Word: John Tavener in interview with Brian Newhouse
Performers: Fleezanis, Jorja; Krol, Tim; Rozario, Patricia [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Goodwin, Paul
Ensemble: Minnesota Chorale

"Top-notch Tavener with the orchestra's leader on soaring form I would venture to say that 'Ikon of Eros' is the most alluring of Tavener's recent...continue...
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Casa Guidi - Frederica von Stade sings Argento / Oue, et al
Casa Guidi - Frederica von Stade sings Argento / Oue, et al

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2003-09-30

Works: Dominick Argento: Casa Guidi; Capriccio for Clarinet and Orchestra "Rossini in Paris"; In Praise of Music, songs (7) for orchestra
Performers: Hara, Burt; Von Stade, Frederica [Mezzo-soprano vocals]
Conductors: Oue, Eiji
Ensemble: Minnesota Orchestra

"Professor Johnson's recording has a see-through quality, with superb dynamics and natural scaling of the solo instruments... it's good to have Reference Recordings back, and...continue...
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Reveries / Eiji Oue, Minnesotta Orchestra
Reveries / Eiji Oue, Minnesotta Orchestra

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2002-08-06

Works: Erik Satie: Gnossienne no 1; Gymnopédies (3) for Piano; Claude Debussy: Poèmes (7) de Banville; Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; Gabriel Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50;...
Conductors: Oue, Eiji

In many successful previous releases on Reference, Eiji Oue has shown an unusual flair for shorter, audience-friendly works. In this way, he is carrying on...continue...
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REF 99
Bach & Rameau for Harpsichord / Albert Fuller
Bach & Rameau for Harpsichord / Albert Fuller

2 CD / Reference Recordings / 2002-06-04

Works: Jean-Philippe Rameau: La Dauphine, for harpsichord in G minor; Work(s); La Cupis, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts); Pièces de clavecin en concerts, transcript...
Performers: Fuller, Albert

These critically acclaimed performances, previously issued as single CDs at full price, are of audiophile "Prof. Johnson" quality. The Rameau recording has the reputation of...continue...
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Chadwick: Aphrodite, etc / Serebrier, Czech State PO Brno
Chadwick: Aphrodite, etc / Serebrier, Czech State PO Brno

2 CD / Reference Recordings / 2002-06-04

Works: George Whitefield Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches, for orchestra in A major, L. 2/15; Melpomene, overture for orchestra, L. 2/8; Tam O'Shanter; Suite Symphonique, for orchestra, L. 2/20; Aphrodite, symp...
Conductors: Serebrier, José

"The conservative solidity of Chadwick's German training was tempered by hints of the progressive Wagner, enhanced by an imaginative ear for orchestral sonorities, and enlivened...continue...
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The Great Organ at St. Mary's Cathedral / John Balka
The Great Organ at St. Mary's Cathedral / John Balka

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2002-03-05

Works: Jeremiah Clarke: Prince of Denmark's March; Johann Gottfried Walther: Concerto for organ in B minor (after Vivaldi's violin concerto, RV 275); Claude-Bénigne Balbastre: Votre bonté grand Di...
Performers: Balka, John
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Danielpour: An American Requiem / St. Clair, Blythe, et al
Danielpour: An American Requiem / St. Clair, Blythe, et al

1 CD / Reference Recordings / 2002-02-26

Works: Richard Danielpour: An American Requiem, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
Performers: Blythe, Stephanie; Oswald, Mark; Smith, Hugh
Conductors: St. Clair, Carl

"The solo setting of the English texts are sensitive and well integrated, and they are magnificently sung - in fact, lovers of great singing are...continue...
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HBDirect Recommended Recording REF 97
 
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